tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC September 11, 2012 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
day. >> they are busy. >> thanks for joining us. tonight on "world news," storming the gates. the u.s. embassy in egypt fighting back against islamists who scaled the walls, shred the american flag and say they're protesting a film that slanders the prophet mohammed. under pressure. a new abc news poll shows the president pulling ahead of mitt romney as romney takes fire from his own party. the survivor, the young woman who lived through her battle with that flesh-eating disease. tonight, an amazing comeback. and the incredible shrinking products. our supermarket sleuth. >> the new one makes only 240 cups. >> we show you how you're paying the same price for a lot less than you used to get.
good evening, and it's good to have you with us on this anniversary of 9/11, and in a moment, we'll show you how the nation remembered today. but we begin tonight with a tense and volatile scene unfolding today at the american embassy in cairo, egypt. egypt is still america's ally, but today demonstrators scaled the walls of the embassy, pulled down an american flag and destroyed it and replaced it with a black flag bearing an islamic declaration of faith, and the source from all the fury, a film made in the u.s., which the protesters say insults islam. abc's alex marquardt is in the region tonight. >> reporter: hundreds of angry demonstrators descended tonight on the american embassy in cairo. some managed to scale the embassy's high walls pulling down an american flag and ripping it to shreds. others waved black flags that looked like those of al qaeda. one man scaled a flagpole while others lit flares. the protesters are furious about
a movie, which appears to have been made in america, that they say insults the prophet muhammad. beyond the insults, any depiction of mohamed is forbidden. in islam. the new movie is being promoted by the likes of florida pastor terry jones who infamously burned a koran in 2010. in a statement tonight, jones said the movie is "not designed to attack muslims but to show the destructive ideology of islam." "they have to arrest this priest," this christian protester said. the embassy knew something was brewing after they were sent parts of the film asking their involvement. the ambassador and most of the staff had left ahead of the protests then they put out a statement condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims." meanwhile, diane, the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was also attacked tonight. that incident believed to also have been sparked by that same controversial film. as for cairo, the protests have now quieted.
the american embassy there tells us that all staff are safe and accounted for. diane? >> all right. thank you. alex marquardt reporting from the middle east tonight. and now back here at home, a surprising twist in the presidential race. governor romney facing criticism tonight, not from the president or the democrats, but from some prominent members of his own party, and our new abc news/"washington post" poll shows why. take a look. the president has opened a six-point lead over governor romney since the conventions. before the conventions romney had a slight lead. the election now 56 days away, "your voice, your vote," and abc's david muir reports in from las vegas tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney in nevada on the anniversary of 9/11 in front of the national guard. >> we must keep our promises and regain the trust of all those who have worn the uniform and served our country. >> reporter: his speech comes after criticism romney left afghanistan out of his convention speech, but tonight, his loudest critics might be within his own party. after those poll numbers showing the president now leading the
race, more americans now trust the president on the economy than romney, and on that point, conservative commentator laura ingraham jumping in tweeting "earth to team romney. time to apply turnaround skills to romney's campaign." and on her radio show -- >> if you can't beat barack obama with this record, then shut down the party. shut it down. start new with new people. >> reporter: and there's conservative, george will, arguing unemployment above 8%, worse if you count those who have given up. >> if the republican party cannot win in this environment, it has to get out of politics and find another business. >> reporter: and late today, even romney surrogate donald trump tweeting what he heard from rush limbaugh today, "if obama wins, it is the end of the republican party." many conservative critics now argue romney must start delivering details. for example, on romney's promise of tax cuts for all without raising the deficit, many economists asking, when will romney list which tax deductions
he'll get rid of to make up the difference? so many deductions commonplace in america like the mortgage interest deduction, and what about romney's promised cuts to rein in the deficit? there was this exchange between diane and mitt romney's running mate, paul ryan. >> he said a 5% cut in basic discretionary spending. domestic -- >> on what? on what? >> well, that's government agency budgets. >> reporter: do you expect to get more specific about the cuts? >> mitt romney's been more specific on what it takes to prevent a debt crisis, on solutions to get people back to work than anybody else running for president including the president himself. >> reporter: and as one conservative writer put it today, romney can no longer tell the american voters he's handled the economy better. that writer saying romney now has to show it, not tell it, diane. >> david muir on the campaign trail in las vegas. thank you. and now to the big showdown in chicago. 29,000 teachers still on strike. 350,000 schoolchildren on pause. tonight, the battle is being watched from hawaii to maine, at least 23 states debating the same question.
how do you grade a teacher? abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: union teachers holding strong at the picket line in chicago, refusing to back down. >> we did not start this fight! >> reporter: the fight is about a program that would eventually base as much as 40% of a teacher's evaluation on standardized test scores. a formula the union argues will unfairly cost teachers their jobs. mayor rahm emanuel believes the new measure will help turn around the district's staggering statistics. >> it's about ensuring that over a period of time we have a way to raise the quality of the teachers. >> reporter: the numbers are sobering. that statistic, for every 100 chicago public school freshmen, only 8% get four-year college degrees. while the strike continues, it's been business as usual for 52,000 other chicago public school students. they attend charter schools like uno school on chicago's southwest side, public schools tied to nonprofit organizations
who create their own achievement goals and routinely outperform noncharter public schools. why do you feel charter schools are in some ways better than your average public schools? >> i think charter schools create an environment of competition. >> reporter: cash competition. teachers at uno can earn an $8,000 bonus if their students perform well, and they do. last year, 100%, that's 107 students, went on to college. here more of the teacher's evaluation is based on standardized tests, 50%, and teachers don't belong to a union. what's the biggest difference between you and a union teacher? >> we aren't protected as far as our jobs if we don't perform. >> reporter: so which model works? that's the question at the heart of the largest teachers strike in two decades with no immediate end in sight. alex perez, abc news, chicago. we have news about healthy living tonight. a big headline about one of the
most popular dietary supplements in the country. the american heart association has long said that eating oily fish is good for your heart, so millions of people take fish oil supplements hoping for the benefit, and, in fact, doctors often recommend the supplements for people who already have heart disease. but a big, new study out tonight says those pills are not doing what they thought, and here's abc's dr. richard besser. >> fish oil may support a healthy heart. >> promotes a healthy heart. >> omega-3 helps support a healthy heart. >> reporter: $740 million, that's how much we spend on them a year, fish oil capsules containing the substance heart doctors swear by, omega-3 fatty acids. look at the bottles. the packaging says the capsules helps support a healthy heart, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, but that groundbreaking new study says the proof is in, and fish oil capsules don't deliver on their promise. researchers looked at 20 studies on heart health, almost 70,000
patients altogether, and say that overall people who took fish oil supplements were no less likely to die from heart attack or stroke than anybody else. in short, no proven benefit. >> there's a lot of claims that are made about a lot of diets and supplements that just don't have the evidence behind them. >> reporter: but eating fish itself, that seems to help. people who eat fish twice a week are less likely to have heart disease and less likely to die from it. it's not clear why getting omega-3s in food, not pills, makes a difference, but it looks like it does. one theory, that the body absorbs the omega-3s from fish in a different way. another, people who eat fish do other healthy things, as well. so if you're spending your money to take fish oil cap actuals to protect your heart, it may be better to put it towards a nice piece of salmon. >> and rich is here with us now. you're always warning us, cautioning us about those supplements. >> i am. very little about supplements is proven because unlike drugs, it doesn't have to be. if you look at the bottle and you look at any health claim, there's a little asterisk after the claim, and here's what it says on the back, "these
statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease." all they need to prove is that it's safe, not that it works, and so i tell people to try and get their nutrition through food. unless your doctor tells you you have a true nutritional deficiency, i think in my opinion this is not a good use of people's money. >> again, you tell us that over and over again, your friends around here. thank you, richard besser. and now, as we said, this is the day america remembered. 11 years ago on a sunny tuesday morning in new york much like today, those planes crashed into the world trade center, the pentagon and a field in western pennsylvania. nearly 3,000 lives were lost. we are told that 97% of americans across the country remember exactly where they were the moment the world changed. we want to tell you what we know as we know it. we just got a report in that there's been some sort of explosion at the world trade
>> and while our thoughts went back today, the rebuilding does move on. a stunning new time-lapsed video has been released documenting the rise of 1 world trade center, the building reaching higher and higher and taking its place on the skyline. already the tallest building in new york, 1 world trade center is scheduled to open in 2014, and it will be the tallest building in america and a monument, 104 floors standing 1,776 feet tall. and still ahead here on "world news," an inspirational comeback, the young woman who lost her limbs from that flesh-eating disease says she is stronger today than ever before. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf.
and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment to america. bp supports nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs in communities across the country. we hired three thousand people just last year. bp invests more in america than in any other country. in fact, over the last five years, no other energy company has invested more in the us than bp. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. today, our commitment to the gulf, and to america, has never been stronger.
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turned tragedy into triumph. [ applause ] >> reporter: aimee copeland making her first public appearance on katie couric's new talk show, and after that emotional moment, i sat down with her. do you feel like a miracle? >> i think i do in a sense. >> reporter: aimee's story begins in may when the adventurous grad student was ziplining across a river in georgia. the line snapped, and in the fall she cut her leg on some rocks. potentially deadly bacteria invaded the wound and almost cost aimee her life. she would undergo 11 surgeries and grueling rehabilitation. >> let's just jump on the mat, and we'll go ahead and get started with your exercises. >> reporter: learning to walk all over again with her prosthetic meant conquering a very basic fear. >> they always say, you just got to trust your legs. a lot of people don't run because they're afraid of falling. so it's just like you got to just get that first fall out of the way.
just be ready to fall, and then you'll be great. >> reporter: with other basic life skills, she was also starting from scratch. what's been the hardest thing to relearn? >> there's so much. i think styling my hair is really complicated. i actually think after i get home, i'm chopping it all off because it's -- i mean it's one of those things, it's not even kind of relearning. it's just like it just doesn't happen. >> reporter: but self-pity isn't in aimee's vocabulary. do you have "why me" moments? >> not especially. the thought has crossed my mind, but i don't really tend to think along those terms. you know, it could have happened to anyone. i was in this situation, so, you know, it was just how the cookie crumbles. >> i have been told by so many before our talk what an extraordinary and happy young woman aimee was. if anything, diane, it was undersold. an absolute light of positivity and joy and hope. >> i could see it in her face and your face, and what's next for her?
>> well, she had lived away from home for six years, happy to be back, but she's jonesing for some independence and she wants to learn to drive again. she'll also use her degree, complete her thesis and help use the outdoors to help other amputees. she calls herself her own case study. >> all right. thank you, josh. i'll see you in the morning. i'll be watching. coming up here, do you remember the woman on the school bus taunted by the bullying kids? well, she got a huge check today. we're going to tell you how much. from psoriatic arthritis hit, even the smallest things became difficult. i finally understood what serious joint pain is like. i talked to my rheumatologist and he prescribed enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, and stop joint damage. because enbrel, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel,
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shoppers who have been tracking the way the amount inside some of the boxes is shrinking. by the way, it's an army that includes a very young general, and here's abc's elisabeth leamy. >> hi, i'm here at my local discount retailer. >> reporter: jared goodman is half teenager, half shopping sleuth. >> it's a 16-bag difference, but they're both $7.99. >> reporter: he scours grocery stores catching big brands making products smaller for the same price, and he's uncovered a surprising clue. >> i usually look for labels that say new and improved because that probably means the item's been downsized. >> reporter: jared is part of a growing army of shoppers who tip off this man, edgar dworsky, founder of consumerworld.org. >> we've lost 12 tissues. >> 12 sneezes. >> 12 achoos gone. >> reporter: we find 14 products in all that have recently gotten smaller, including maxwell house coffee. >> good to the very last drop. >> reporter: the last drop comes a lot sooner these days.
the old can made 270 cups. the new one, same price, makes just 240. pillsbury cake mixes recently shrank by 3 ounces. when we follow the instructions for making cupcakes, the old mix makes 24, but at the same price, the new barely stretches to make 21. >> brawny never lets you down. >> reporter: check this out. you used to get another 4 1/2 feet for the same price. we asked the manufacturers what they're doing. they told us customers prefer smaller products to higher prices. and remember that tip from our 13-year-old detective? >> if it says new and improved. >> reporter: he's right. when a product says new and improved, there's no legal definition of that claim, though it often means smaller but just as expensive. elisabeth leamy, abc news, somerville, massachusetts.
>> new and improved. so thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com, and remember to watch "nightline" later tonight. we'll all see you right back here again tomorrow night. until then, have a good one. tonight, mark zuckerberg will reveal the big mistake the company made that may have slowed it's growth. >> a final report on the suspension of san francisco sheriff ross mirkarimi. tonight why he doesn't want his job back. >> governor brown signs a bill reaching out to business
leaders around the world and an appeal for jobs they can bring to california. >> why the rainbow flag in the kas vo district is not flying at half staff on september 11th. >> was there a point where you launched? like oh, my god this sucks? >> yeah. yes. i don't think we're, we're very self critical. >> the question, mark zuckerberg's first interview since taking the company public and the plunge that followed. >> zuckerberg broke his silence about the 50% drop in the price since the social network went public and talked about where facebook goes from here. he made remarks at the tech crunch conference in san francisco. abc 7 news david louie was there and is live in the newsroom now for us. >> there is